The End of "Christian
The Problem: "Christian Psychology"
The title of our new book, The End of
"Christian Psychology," is seemingly
optimistic. The title tells what should happen and the
book explains why. The biblical reasons are cogent and
clear and the scientific reasons are equally clear for
rejecting "Christian psychology." The
scientific and academic reasons are so clear that even
numerous atheistic scholars have taken a similar stand
against professional psychological therapy.
The reason for the quotes around "Christian
Psychology" is because there is no such thing.
"Christian psychology" involves the same
confusion of contradictory theories and techniques as
secular psychology. Professional psychologists who
profess Christianity have simply borrowed the theories
and techniques from secular psychology. They practice
what they consider a perfect blend of psychology and
Christianity. However, they use the same psychology as
non-Christian psychologists and psychiatrists. They use
theories and techniques contrived by such men as Freud,
Jung, Adler, Fromm, Maslow, Rogers, Ellis, Glasser,
Harris, Janov, all of whom we critique in this book and
none of whom embraced Christianity or developed a
psychological system from the Word of God.
The Christian Association for Psychological Studies
(CAPS) is an organization of psychologists who are
professing Christians. The following was admitted at one
of their meetings:
We are often asked if we are "Christian
psychologists" and find it difficult to answer
since we dont know what the question implies.
We are Christians who are psychologists but at the
present time there is no acceptable Christian
psychology that is markedly different from
non-Christian psychology. It is difficult to imply
that we function in a manner that is fundamentally
distinct from our non-Christian colleagues... as yet
there is not an acceptable theory, mode of research
or treatment methodology that is distinctly
Professional psychotherapy with its underlying
psychologies is questionable at best, detrimental at
worst, and a spiritual counterfeit at least. The purpose
of this new book is to demonstrate the truth of that
statement and to raise the challenge of purging the
church of all evidences of this scourge. We reveal in
this book enough biblical and scientific evidence to shut
down both secular and "Christian psychology."
Those who read this book will soon run out of excuses and
rationalizations for supporting the biblicizing of
In The End of "Christian Psychology"
we deal with the overall picture of the psychological way
and its false promises. We also reveal the fallacies of
various biblical justifications for using psychology.
There are no valid scientific reasons for using
professional psychotherapy by either believers or
unbelievers, but the psychological way should be doubly
condemned and rejected by Christians. First, research
does not adequately support the use of professional
psychological counseling and its underlying psychologies.
Second, the psychological way of understanding and
changing people is condemned by the very Word of God.
There is a psychological way and a biblical way to
understand human nature and to transform the lives of
people. The psychological way is the way of
psychotherapy, which is simply the treatment of problems
of living by psychological, man-made means. By applying
techniques and methodologies based on psychological
theories, a psychologically trained counselor attempts to
assist an individual to change attitudes, feelings,
perceptions, values, and behavior.
Psychotherapists are those who are trained and
licensed to perform a wide variety of therapies. They
include psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, clinical
psychologists, marriage and family counselors, some
social workers, and many who call themselves Christian
psychologists, Christian counselors, and even biblical
counselors. In addition, many individuals practice
psychotherapy without a license and many of the self-help
systems are psychotherapies in practice without being
named as such.
Furthermore, the psychological way encompasses all the
psychological means of understanding the human condition,
why people act the way they do, and how they change.
These teachings have become so prevalent in secular
schools, books, magazines and other media that they
permeate the thinking of most people. Worse yet, the
church is drowning in a sea of psychology. It is found in
Bible colleges and seminaries, churches, and Christian
schools at all levels. Church leaders and numerous other
Christians are immersed in psychological thinking and are
huge supporters of this bankrupt system.
Even when practiced by Christians, psychotherapy and
its underlying psychologies contaminate the pure ministry
of the Word of God and detract from the life of Christ in
the believer. Today people wholeheartedly believe that
psychological counseling theories, dressed in a wide
variety of styles and shades, contain the secrets and
answers for helping troubled souls. Their confidence in
the curative power of psychotherapy has increased in
spite of the absence of substantial proof of any great
degree of effectiveness. Persuaded by the claims of
psychotherapists, they fail to question the validity of
its claims, refuse to examine research, and blindly
believe popular myths about psychotherapy.
Many will not be interested in reading about the
biblical and scientific evidence, because it will
contradict their established assumptions about the
psychological way. Most therapeutic practitioners, who
rely on income produced by their therapeutically oriented
clients, will not even read about the research condemning
professional psychotherapy, which is presented in this
book. And, Christian therapists will resist the potential
demise of their therapeutically produced income and will
pay little, if any, attention to the research results and
criticisms of how contrary to Scripture are their wares.
While the Christian therapists can most profit from
it, this book is really written for the discerning
Christian as a compendium of the extensive and available
biblical and scientific evidence to reject both secular
and "Christian psychology." As a further help,
the book includes a description and critical analysis of
secular psychologists whose teachings have heavily
influenced "Christian psychology."
We have been researching and writing in this area for
over twenty years and believe this book represents the
best available evidence to shut the mouths of those who
support either professional, secular psychotherapy or
The Biblical Care of Souls
Competent to Minister: The Biblical Care of Souls
was published over a year ago and was first announced in
the 1996 September-October newsletter. The book calls
Christians back to the Bible and to the biblically
ordained ministries and mutual care in the Body of Christ
that have effectively cared for souls for almost 2000
Most Christians agree that the Bible is the basis for
living the Christian life, but very few seem to believe
that the Bible is sufficient to deal with all
problems of living, which include those nonorganically
caused categories of behavior that now carry psychiatric
and psychological diagnostic labels. Many in the church
believe that the Bible provides preventative principles
for mental-emotional-behavioral well-being but hesitate
to accept that the Bible contains restorative power. We
maintain that God and His Word provide a completely
sufficient foundation for living the Christian life,
which would include mental-emotional-behavioral health.
Competent to Minister helps break down walls of
intimidation that have hindered personal ministry among
Christians; reveals the excellent way that Christ works
through ordinary believers, "that the excellency of
the power may be of God, and not of us"; gives
practical information about what churches should do for
suffering souls; and encourages believers to minister
Gods grace to one another through biblical
conversation, prayer, and practical help.
(From PAL, V5N6)